10 Jul “DRM Tested with Renewed Interest in Europe”
The increasing interest in DRM+ is leading to new trials on different frequency bands and involving more and more commercial broadcasters. One scientific trial was conducted in Brest, France, in Band II (using a 300W Harris transmitter) in a project run in partnership with Telecom Bretagne University and supported by the Region of Brittany. Digidia’s Soprano+ DRM+ Modulator and Alto+ DRM+ Content Server were used in Brest and are currently being used in southern France, where a test is being conducted close to Nice, together with AGORA FM, in Band I at 60 MHz.
The third and biggest trial which began in May is with a commercial radio network in Trondheim (Norway) where a Nautel 300W transmitter and a Digidia content server is supporting the trial in Band II. The trial was held in conjunction with other key DRM Consortium members like Fraunhofer IIS, RFmondial and with the full support of the Norwegian commercial broadcaster, Venture 21.
DRM Consortium Chair, Ruxandra Obreja, says: “We are proud of the support and technical expertise we are getting from our key members supplying transmitters, content servers, modulators and full DRM USB receiver solutions. In Europe we are demonstrating that there is a cheap and effective solution for also digitising small radio stations (commercial and community) which can run on their own or compliment other multiplex solutions.”
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Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) is the universal, openly standardised digital broadcasting system for all broadcasting frequencies.
The DRM standard comprises of two major configurations: ‘DRM30’ intended for broadcasts on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz and providing large coverage areas and low power consumption. The configuration for the VHF bands above 30 MHz is called ‘DRM+’, tailored for local and regional coverage with broadcaster-controlled transmissions.
All DRM configurations share the same audio coding, data and multimedia services, service linking, multiplexing and signalling schemes.
DRM provides high quality sound combined with a wealth of enhanced features: Surround Sound, Journaline text information, Slideshow, EPG, and data services.
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